Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 28, No. 2 (2006), pp. 34648 DOI:10.1355/cs28-2i ©2006ISEAS ISSN0219-797Xprint/ISSN1793-284Xelectronic Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia. By Meredith L. Weiss. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006. Softcover: 324pp. Academic works on the role of the opposition in Malaysian politics arefewandfarbetween.Evenifthereisalimitednumberofworks, theymostlyprefertofocuseitherontheroleoftheoppositionpolitical parties or the non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In fact there are hardly any systematic studies on Malaysian politics that seek to discuss opposition politics in terms of cooperation and coalitionbuilding among the disparate opposition forces such as the NGOs, informal groups, and opposition political parties. In this respect, the recent publication of the above volume by Meredith Weiss is a welcome addition to the growing corpus of knowledge on Malaysian politics in general and opposition politics in particular. The book seeks to examine and analyse how civil society agents cooperate with opposition political parties to bring about democratization of the Malaysian society. In a more specific sense, the book is mainly about the rise of the reformasi movement in Malaysia following the ouster of the former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and how it sought to build and sustain coalition capital with a wide variety of civil society agents
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Published: Dec 28, 2006
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